Factors that Predict Treatment Outcomes in a Community Treatment Agency for Problem Gamblers
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The study reported on factors that were associated with treatment outcomes of problem gamblers in an Australian outpatient treatment agency. Data were collected over a 2-1/2 year period by therapists using semi-structured interviews and monitoring clients’ treatment progress on the 488 clients during treatment. Results showed that gross personal income, problem gambling behaviors (i.e., preoccupation, tolerance to gambling, withdrawal symptoms and gambling to escape), excessive behaviors, intrapersonal difficulties and abuse issues significantly predicted resolution of gambling correlates and/or methods of treatment cessation. Implications for these findings and directions for future research were also discussed.
KeywordsGambling Problem gambling Treatment Abuse Outcome Evaluation
We would like to thank BreakEven, Relationships Australia and the Department of Family Services, Queensland for making the data available. In particular we would like to thank Gail Solcombe, Mary Marquass and Ian McDonald for their assistance.
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